My name is Alana Yon, and I am a feminist, vital materialist, pseudoscientist, and artist. My approach to my work and my life comes from my desire to ethically engage with the world.
I cultivate and grow kombucha and red wine vinegar. By working with things that grow, I acknowledge their essence. Kombucha contains a co-existing environment of bacteria and yeast. The liquid bubbles and fizzes. Strands of thread are suspended as if preserved in resin. A whole symbiotic ecosystem is displayed in its amber glow.
My work is steeped in elements of the handmade. I move between handspinning, weaving, crocheting, and drawing. I am drawn to organic materials such as straw, wool, feathers, cotton, clay, and beeswax. I can find a direct connection to these materials through my manipulation of them. They hold evidence of my making.
I am working between these two modalities of growing and making.